history of Tampa and St. Petersburg has not always been one of
cooperation, especially in innovation, development, transit, sports and business, but that may be about to change.
plans for Charles Stark Draper Laboratories Inc.
of Cambridge, Mass.
are a dramatic example of how both cities can offer appealing sites and
an available workforce for a high-quality employer, says Stacey Swank,
business development manager for the Pinelllas County Economic
Draper is one of the world's largest
independent research and development laboratories working in applied
research, engineering and development. It plans to work on healthcare,
security and energy projects locally, among others.
establishing a bio-microelectrical mechanical systems research and
development center at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
It is also setting up a multichip module center in St. Petersburg and will be a research partner with USF and the SRI
project in St. Petersburg and will be working with Progress Energy in
St. Petersburg on energy production efficiency improvements.
The total impact: 165 new jobs with an average wage of $75,000.
reason this happened was through a team effort that involved the state,
the chambers of commerce in Tampa and St. Petersburg, the economic
development departments in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, the
Tampa Bay Partnership, the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg,
Enterprise Florida, the Florida High Tech Cooridor Council and other
The cities and state provided $15 million in
incentives that Draper qualified for, under a 2006 law to attract
world-class research institutes to Florida. The incentives included
land and buildings for facilities.Dave Szymanski, a Tampa-based journalist, likes running 5ks, other sports and writing poetry. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees